Restaurants Continue to Choose Canola-Based Oil As Their Zero Trans Fat
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, June 6 /CNW/ - CKE Restaurants, Inc. announced today
that its Carl's Jr.(R) and Hardee's(R) restaurant chains are converting to
Omega-9 Canola Oil from Dow AgroSciences. This continues the important trend
of food companies converting to zero trans fat canola oil. This "next
generation" canola oil has the lowest saturated fat levels among the new trans
fat alternatives and a high level of heart-healthy (omega-9) monounsaturated
fat, allowing the CKE restaurants to eliminate trans fat and reduce saturated
fat in their fried menu items.
"We are very pleased to announce our conversion to zero trans fat,
100 percent canola cooking oil in our restaurants by January of next year,"
said Andrew F. Puzder, president and chief executive officer of CKE
Restaurants, Inc. "We have evaluated many zero trans fat cooking oil
alternatives and 100 percent canola cooking oil was the ideal oil option to
satisfy both our health and taste criteria."
The conversion will be completed by January 2008 in all franchised and
company-operated Carl's, Jr. and Hardee's restaurants.
"We're excited to be working with two iconic brands like Carl's Jr. and
Hardee's. And now is a great time for them to convert," said David Dzisiak,
commercial leader oils for Dow AgroSciences. "Due to the crop production
cycle, it takes time to grow and produce the oil, so the time for operators to
place their orders for future conversions is now, ensuring that we get the
right amount of crop produced."
In addition to its great taste, zero grams trans fat, and lowest amount
of saturated fat, canola oil has received a qualified health claim from the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, stating "limited and not conclusive
scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 1/2 tablespoons (19 grams) of
canola oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the
unsaturated fat content in canola oil. To achieve this possible benefit,
canola oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase
the total number of calories you eat in a day."
Omega-9 Canola Oil, made from Dow AgroSciences NEXERA(TM) canola seeds,
have a unique combination of high oleic (greater than 70 percent) and low
linolenic (less than 3 percent) fatty acids. This unique fatty acid profile
gives the oil its outstanding taste, health, and performance attributes. It is
these characteristics that continue to create high demand for NEXERA seeds,
and the oils they produce. For growers interested in getting on board with
this growing opportunity, please contact your local Dow AgroSciences
About CKE Restaurants, Inc.
CKE Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, franchisees and
licensees, operates some of the most popular U.S. regional brands in
quick-service and fast-casual dining, including the Carl's Jr.(R),
Hardee's(R), La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill(R) and Green Burrito(R) and Red
Burrito(TM) restaurant brands.
The CKE system includes more than 3,000 locations in 43 states and in 13
countries. CKE is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol "CKR" and is headquartered in Carpinteria, California. As of the fourth
fiscal quarter ended Jan. 29, 2007, CKE Restaurants, Inc., through its
subsidiaries, had a total of 3,105 franchised or company-operated restaurants
in 43 states and in 13 countries, including 1,087 Carl's Jr. restaurants,
1,906 Hardee's restaurants.
About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a top tier
agricultural company providing innovative crop protection, pest and vegetation
management, seed, and agricultural biotechnology solutions to serve the
world's growing population. Global sales for Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned
subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, are $3.4 billion. Learn more at
(TM)NEXERA is a trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC
(R)Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are trademarks of CKE Restaurants, Inc.
For further information:
For further information: Stan Audette, PH: (403) 735-8861,